About the Doctoral Training Centre
In early 2015 the Alzheimer’s Society funded eight Doctoral Training Centres in various aspects of dementia to help to increase research knowledge and capacity in this vital area. A partnership between the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester and the Centre for Dementia, University of Nottingham is one of the successful Centres. TAnDem is the name of the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) that has been funded to focus on studying The Arts and Dementia.
Why Arts and Dementia?
Without greater knowledge and evidence about the arts and dementia, people living with dementia and their families cannot make informed choices. It is difficult for service providers and artists to help people with dementia and their carers to live well with dementia, as commissioners cannot justify expenditure on arts-as-interventions. The TAnDem PhD studentships are designed to remedy this gap in scientific knowledge and understanding. All of the proposed studentships will have a common focus on advancing knowledge about the impact of engagement with creative activities on people with all stages of dementia and on their family and professional carers. Please see the relevant webpages for details of students and topics, supervisors and management team. One unique aspect of TAnDem is that it offers the complementary resources of two universities to all the PhD candidates.
About the PhD projects
TAnDem will be organising a number of events in the future.
TAnDem Conference 2018: The Arts and Dementia: Impact and Implementation
Thursday 20th September 2018 at Jubilee Conference Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG8 1DH
Artists, service users, carers and academics will come together to discuss the arts as a medium for leisure, care and learning in dementia. TAnDem researchers will look at how the arts can best be accessed by people living with dementia and at what approaches to evaluation are most suitable. Guest speakers will explore the wider context for the arts and dementia in the UK.
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TAnDem is one of eight Doctoral Training Centres funded by the Alzheimer’s Society. Its mission is to develop and strengthen the evidence base for the arts and dementia.